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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

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Rachel Maddow
Host of The Rachel Maddow Show
MSNBCW 08/19/2013
Maddow: shooting and producing her films all over the world, Laura Poitras, the documentarian, she has been busy. But has she has been doing a lot of traveling for her work, for her films, she has found that she gets stopped a lot at the airport and not anything like what you might get stopped for at the airport for. She's been stopped dozens and dozens of times at the airport for interrogations that sometimes last for hours. Miss Poitras started taking extraordinary precautions with her data using encrypted e-mail, working on computers that were not connected to the internet. Stashing her notes in safe deposit boxes. She kept on, though, getting stopped at the airport.
Rachel Maddow
Host of The Rachel Maddow Show
MSNBCW 08/19/2013
Maddow: Starting in 2006, she was detained and questioned like that more than 40 times. In April of last year, salon.com wrote about what had been happening to Laura Poitras as she tried to travel, and then finally, finally after that public attention, and that article from salon.com, the airport interrogations of Laura Poitras stopped. She found, okay, she can get on a plane again, more or less like the rest of us. The author of that article in
Rachel Maddow
Host of The Rachel Maddow Show
MSNBCW 08/19/2013
Maddow: It has been Glenn and Laura’s series of exposes that have detailed much that we did not know before about the reach of America's intelligence agencies into the lives of ordinary non-terrorist, non-suspicious people living in this country. The way U.S. intelligence can and does track our phone calls, our e-mails, virtually all of it all the time. Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald have done this reporting of course based on classified documents, given to them by a former contract worker for the NSA and he of course has temporary asylum in Russia. But it is Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald who know what their source has to tell. it's they who have been telling his story, making news out of the documents that he has given them week after week now since June.
Rachel Maddow
Host of The Rachel Maddow Show
MSNBCW 08/19/2013
Maddow: yeah, their source may be in Russia now, but they're not. Glenn Greenwald lives in Brazil with his partner who's Brazilian. Laura Poitras has been living in Germany, because she says she needs a place to work on her documentary about U.S. surveillance without worrying the U.S. government will try to seize her material.
Rachel Maddow
Host of The Rachel Maddow Show
MSNBCW 08/19/2013
Maddow: Miss Poitras is still working on the third installment in that trilogy which is about U.S. surveillance of phone calls and e-mails and so on since 9/11. She posted a bit of that one last year on "The New York Times" website. Binney: You build social networks for everybody. That turns into the graph then you index all that data to that graph which means you can pull out a community, that that gives you an outline of the life of everybody in the community. And if you carry it over time from 2001 up, you have that ten years worth of their life that you can lay out in a timeline that involves anybody in the country. Even Senators and House of Representatives. All of them. The dangers here are that we fall into something like a totalitarian state like East Germany. Maddow: Working with top-level sources like that former NSA employee, uncovering government secrets
Laura Poitras
Documentary Filmmaker and The Intercept Co-Founder
CSPAN 04/05/2014
Poitras: I think that that's the hope that the pendulum shifts back, but it's been a long time that it's been moving in one direction and further and further. You know. Astray from what we consider rule of law and ?. So why is Guantanamo still open? It's a national shame that Guantanamo is still open. I mean we have a prison where people are being held without being charged of a crime. At least I can say that I felt hopeful that there would be a corrective when the Obama administration came in you, but clearly that hasn't happened.
Laura Poitras
Documentary Filmmaker and The Intercept Co-Founder
CSPAN 04/05/2014
Poitras: I do think that, the thing that has been positive in terms of Snowden’s disclosures is it's reawakened an adversarial press, and the people have been shocked that these things, these decisions about surveillance have been made completely in secret, completely without public debate. And that there does seem to be some kind of an awakening, but I wouldn't call it a shift of the pendulum.
Laura Poitras
Documentary Filmmaker and Co-Founder of The Intercept
KQED 10/25/2014
Rose: Snowden wrote you and he said you asked me why I chose you. He said I didn't, you chose yourself. What did he mean? Poitras: What he was referring to was the fact that I had been put on this government watch list, and so I had been for six years I had been, for six years, every time I traveled and returned back to the United States, I would be pulled aside, there would be border agents who would come to the airplane and pull me aside and ask me what I was doing, where I had traveled. And I had gone through this a long time, starting in 2006. When it began, I was naive. I answered questions, I said well, I had been making a film about the Iraq war. And then it became Increasingly, they photocopied my notebooks and I became a little less friendly at the border and had written about it. So Snowden might have seen it in two ways. I had written about it for the "New York Times," I had published a short video about N.S.A. whistle blower William Binney that was published in summer of 2012
Laura Poitras
Documentary Filmmaker and Co-Founder of The Intercept
KQED 10/25/2014
Poitras: I had published a short video about N.S.A. whistle blower William Binney that was published in summer of 2012 and wrote about the experience of being on a watch list and what does it mean for a journalist to have that a kind of scrutiny and Glenn had written about the fact I was on a watch list. And so when I was asking Snowden in the first e-mails, well, why me, because, you know, at first you see somebody contacts you out of blue, it's good to be a little skeptical, who are they, is it entrapment, is it some kind of -- and he just said, well, you know, it's work you have been doing is why I'm contacting you, and I think that he also -- he knew I was working on the topic of N.S.A. because of what I'd done in the
Laura Poitras
Documentary Filmmaker and Co-Founder of The Intercept
WHYY 10/25/2014
Trailer for CitizenFour: Ewen MacAskill: So I don’t know anything about you. Snowden: OK. I work for MacAskill: Sir I don’t know your name. Snowden: Oh, sorry. My name is Edward Snowden. I go by Ed. Edward Joseph Snowden is the full name. Rose: Poitras received the Polk Award and The Pulitzer for Public Service for her work on the Snowden leaks. She’s also the Co-Founder of the Intercept. It is a news venture funded by Piere Omidyar.
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